20 Sexy, Show-Stealing Summer Salads

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. 


Have you ever heard the phrase, “Once a side dish, never a meal”? No you have not, because foods crossover all the time! Especially salads, which are an area in which there are pretty much no rules except that it is a dish best served in a bowl. In that vein, these radish-ing salads (#notsorry) are all show-stealers in their own right. Your summer BBQ potluck isn’t gonna know what hit it.

1. Sesame Ginger Miso Cucumber Salad

2. Candied Walnut and Pear Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

pear walnut

3. Watermelon, Strawberry, and Tomatillo Salad
watermelon strawberry

4. Blackberry Apricot Salad
blackberry salas

5. Balsamic Grilled Cherry, Blueberry, Goat Cheese, and Candied Hazelnut Salad
balsamic grilled cherry

6. Mango Black Bean Salad

mango black bean

7. Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
asparagus salad

8. Blueberry Arugula Salad
blueberry arugula

9. Summer Peach Caprese Salad

10. Balsamic Melon Salad


11. Cucumber Honeydew Salad with Feta


12. Israeli Salad
israeli salad

13. Shrimp Avocado Taco Salad
shrimp avocado

14. Amazing Watermelon Feta Salad
watermelon feta

15. Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
crunchy ramen noodle salad

16. Pineapple Cucumber Salad
pineapple cucumber

17. Super Summer Detox Salad
detox salad

18. Pomegranate Pear Pistachio Salad
pomegranate pistachio

19. Citrus Fennel Avocado Salad
citrus fennel salad

20. Kale and Blood Orange Salad
kale blood orange

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Maree lives in Berlin and is usually carrying some sort of Tupperware product on her person. She's written for Marie Claire, The Rumpus, and Teen Vogue, but still has not fulfilled her lifelong dream of seeing a real blue-footed booby. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and probably the dance floor.

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  1. That shrimp avocado taco salad looks like the best thing I’m probably too lazy to make and put in my mouth.

  2. This is very relevant to my interests, as it’s too hot to turn on the oven/eat warm food, and the produce is so yummy this time of year. Last night, I made a greek salad with chickpeas:

    It was super easy to make and is so refreshing.

    I can’t wait to make some of these!

  3. Shout out to whomever’s committed enough to a making a beautiful salad that they can use a melon baller to scoop out those perfect spheres of honeydew and watermelon. That is a skill that I’ve never been able to master.

    Anyone have any summer salads that include zucchini or summer squash? I make one with zucchini, avocado and edamame but I need some other recommendations.

    • Oooooh zucchini and avocado is not a combo I would have thought of and it sounds delightful. I would imagine that using a spiralizer on a zucchini and one of those little yellow squash would be really good with tomato and basil flavors. I’ve also had some great beet and pumpkin salads with sunflower seeds!

  4. These look so amazing, it’s about to be salad season and I get so sick of eating the same salads over and over again. I usually just end up eating bowls full of nuts and toss on some dressing and tell people I’m eating salad. Super excited to try these

    • Ok but can we also talk about how nuts on salads are the best thing ever basically?!

  5. When I saw that peach caprese I actually whispered “game changer” to myself. The blood orange kale salad is also calling my name!

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